Subscriber Sheikh Sarwar wrote to ask:
When I start pc, lot of popups, programs start showing up. I have to close one by one.
Need help in how to (a) stop this messup (b) close all open windows in one shot.
I wrote back to advise Sheikh that it sounded like an adware infection.
There are many different antispywerae/antiadware programs. Just like antivirus, some are better than others. Some are designed to solve a problem once you have already become infected. Others are designed to prevent the problem in the first place — and usually have a “solve it afterwards” function, too.
One of the anti-spyware programs about which I have been thinking for a while is XoftSpy SE. Several friends who fall into the computer guru category use and swear by XoftSpy SE or the earlier XoftSpy to solve problems.
The problem, from my point of view, has been that it is a scan-and-repair tool, but it does not include an always-running anti-spyware / anti-adware function. (This is the same issue that I have with the programs like Spybot Search & Destroy (free) and the free version of Ad-Aware.)
As I’ve mentioned a number of times, my choice is VIPRE Antivirus Premium to be the antivirus / antispyware / antiadware program to protect my family’s computers.
You can download a 30-day free trial of VIPRE Antivirus Premium. Sunbelt offers great discounts for multiple computers (such as an Unlimited Home Site License for all your home PC’s) and for multiple years.
You can read more antispyware / antiadware articles on Terry’s’ Computer Tips. They’re listed in the categories under Security, Antivirus, Antispyware, and Antimalware.